Twin Rivers Choice Neighborhoods Redevelopment Project
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is leading the transformation effort to redevelop the Twin Rivers public housing community and its surrounding River District neighborhood. When complete, this historically isolated area will be fully connected to new transit, employment centers, services, retail and cultural amenities creating a vibrant gateway to downtown Sacramento.
Twin Rivers, (formerly known as Dos Rios), was a 218-unit housing development on 22 acres that was first built in the 1940’s on 12th Street just south of Richards Boulevard. The community was one of the first developments in the County of Sacramento’s public housing inventory. The site was cut off from the surrounding area by railroad tracks, levees and rivers, with limited roads, transit or sidewalks to reach nearby neighborhoods. The infrastructure and buildings at Twin Rivers have also reached the end of their useful life.
In 2012, as part of a long-term strategic response to these issues, the Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento (HACOS) through SHRA was awarded a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop a Neighborhood Transformation Plan for the larger River District/Railyards neighborhood. The Transformation Plan set forth a comprehensive blueprint of the neighborhood, housing, and people strategies essential to realize the collective vision for this community.
In 2015, SHRA, in partnership with the City of Sacramento, was awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives (CNI) Implementation Grant to carry through on the vision of transformation.
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The Transformation Plan and CNI grant activities are focused on the four main outcomes below:
New Housing Development
McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) was selected as the developer of the housing component. Together, SHRA and MBS will demolish and redevelop the Twin Rivers complex. The project also includes residential development of approximately three acres along 12th Street. Up to 500 total housing units will be constructed, including one-for-one replacement of the original 218 public housing units.
- Unit types include townhouses, garden apartments, and 3 to 4-story apartment buildings.
- New and existing streets will connect the current site to the surrounding neighborhood.
- Taller buildings are placed along major streets and building heights step back along smaller streets.
- All units are designed to meet the space and storage requirements of today’s households, and incorporate energy efficiency and water-saving features.
- The site will include photovoltaic (solar) systems and electric-vehicle charging stations.
The key transit feature of the revitalization project will be the new Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail Blue Line Station across from the Twin Rivers development. Area residents have pressed for this station for many years and SacRT partnered with the Portland State University Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) to lead a visioning process for the new station. The current station design is the outcome of this community engagement process. In late 2018, SHRA was awarded a Transformative Climate Communities grant through the California Strategic Growth Council that will fund the construction of the new Light Rail stop.
- The River District will be connected to the heart of the City by foot, bike, bus, rail, and car.
- The new Light Rail station will be complemented by “Complete Streets,” including sidewalks and bike lanes on main travel corridors, and the creation of physical connections across the American River and to Downtown
The River District-Railyards site has the potential to become a regional destination. Long-term development is guided by two Specific Plans, and the focus of the Neighborhood Strategy is on short- and mid-term community improvements that meet the needs of both existing and future residents. The Critical Community Improvements (CCI) Plan focuses on projects that will help transition the once industrial district to a mixed-use neighborhood and build upon efforts to create a new neighborhood with a sense of community, place, and history. The proposed projects highlight existing assets, create new amenities and correct deficiencies to enhance recognition of the River District-Railyards neighborhood. The proposed projects include recreational spaces and place-making features.
Twin Rivers Resident Success
SHRA partners with Urban Strategies, Inc. (USI) to provide comprehensive services to all Twin Rivers residents and to create family and individual development plans to support their identified needs. All eligible former residents have been relocated and will have the opportunity to return to the new housing development. USI connects households with local and community-based resources to advance goals identified under the development plans.
USI works with workforce and economic development partners to provide coordinated community supportive services for youth and adults age 12-65. Programs focus on life skills, career planning, job readiness, computer literacy, and adult basic education services. Residents can participate in trainings focused on construction related skills, healthcare, solar energy, information technology, transportation, and government.
A “Work First” model program for adults (18 – 65) includes education, job readiness and career support
A “Dual Generation” approach for youth (ages 12 to 17) engages parents, grandparents and/or caregivers to achieve positive outcomes and promote educational attainment.
Disabled adults are referred to State agencies that offer vocational rehabilitation services.
Redevelopment Project Time lapse Video
Redevelopment Project Photos
Check out the book below to see pictures of the tree removal and demolition process. For easier viewing, expand the book to a full page by clicking on the in the bottom right corner.
Redevelopment Project Timeline
|Jan-2012||$300,000 CNI Planning Grant Award|
|Oct-2012||MBS Selected as Master Developer & Housing Lead|
|Jan-2014||Final Neighborhood Transformation Plan to HUD|
|Sep-2015||Awarded $30 million CNI Implementation Grant|
|Apr-2016||Urban Strategies Agreement for Resident Services|
|Oct-2016||Acquisition of 12th Street Triangle Site|
|Jul-2017||Tentative Map & Site Entitlements (Blocks A/B) Approved|
|Aug-2019||Mitigated Negative Declaration (CEQA), Relocation/Demo & Project Plans, Adopted by Governing Bodies|
|Sep-2017||Tenant Relocation Begins|
|Jul-2018||Building Demolition Begins|
|Sep-2018||Light Rail Station Designs Approved|
|Dec-2018||Awarded $23 million TCC Implementation Grant to construct Light Rail station, add solar PV and community garden|
|Feb-2019||Tenant Relocation Completed|
|Apr-2019||Site Demolition Begins|
|Summer 2019||Demolition Complete|
|3rd quarter 2019||Infrastructure Installation Work begins|
|1st quarter 2020||Building Construction begins|
|4th quarter 2020||New Light Rail station construction begins|
|4th quarter 2021||First Phase New Units ready for Occupancy|
|4th quarter 2022||CNI Grant Close-out|
|2024||Final Project Completion|